Articles by Herb Woerpel

DOE Will Not Enforce Regional Standards

Enforcement Put on Hold Until Court Rules on Pending Settlement Agreement
By Herb Woerpel
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A rule requiring all nonweatherized gas furnaces in the northern region adhere to a minimum 90 percent AFUE standard beginning May 1 will not be immediately enforced. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) declared that enforcement of the rule will not be pursued until the U.S. Court of Appeals rules on a pending lawsuit settlement agreement.


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HVACR Industry Roars Back in 2013

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Early 2013 statistics representing equipment sales and shipments are soaring, registering double-digit gains the industry hasn’t seen in years.


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Giving Credit Back to the Teachers

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We all have at least one teacher who influenced us. What about you? With your support, this instructor — who helped transform you into the HVACR workhorse you are today — can gain the recognition he or she deserves. The NEWS’ Best Instructor and Trainer contests, sponsored by hilmor, are now accepting nominations.


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Crave Success Like Lungs Covet Air

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I once heard a story about a poor boy in search of success. He approached a wise man, who boasted riches beyond description, in search of assistance. The wise man said, “If you want to know the secret to success, meet me at the beach tomorrow morning at 4 a.m.”


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Opposition Rises Against Regional Standards Request

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In what has become a bit of a legal ping-pong match, the Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is making sure its voice is heard by the court regarding a future decision on a proposed regional-standards settlement.


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Regional Standards Settled?

Pending Lawsuit Agreement Awaits Final Court Approval
By Herb Woerpel
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A proposed settlement in the regional energy-efficiency standards lawsuit would exempt nonweatherized gas furnaces from the law, thus eliminating a May 1, 2013 requirement that would mandate 90-percent AFUE furnaces in the North, and 80-percent AFUE furnaces in the Southeast and Southwest.


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Congress and President Approve HR 6582

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Manufacturers of walk-in coolers and freezers; water heaters; deli-style coolers; through-the-wall central air conditioners and heat pumps; and small-duct, high-velocity systems are rejoicing the passage of HR 6582, the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act.


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Duct Tales: Contractor Uncovers $300,000 in Hidden Gold

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While examining ductwork on a typical residential HVAC installation this fall, a company technician stumbled upon hidden treasure — over a dozen baby food jars filled to the brim with approximately $300,000 worth of gold dust.


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Air Quality Dunrite Named as Canada’s Best

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Just over a year ago, Air Quality Dunrite, Concord, Ontario, Canada, was a struggling company, experiencing recurring revenue losses and an uncertain future. Today, under the direction of new ownership, the company is thriving — emerging with a 7 percent net profit in 2012, and anticipated double-digit gains in 2013.


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HVACR Tools Changing with the Times

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Various innovative HVACR manufacturers are touting new tools geared toward making equipment installation and maintenance easier for contractors, thus vastly improving the quality and quantity of their work.


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